Bid to have satel­lites launched from is­land from Unst

Evening Express (City Final) - - Scotland Today -

SHET­LAND has an­nounced it is pre­par­ing a bid to be­come a launch base for satel­lites.

De­tailed plans have been drawn up and are likely to be sub­mit­ted to the UK Space Agency next year. The pro­pos­als in­volve launch­ing pay­loads into space from Unst, Scot­land’s most northerly is­land.the coun­try al­ready has a suc­cess­ful space in­dus­try – build­ing satel­lites and the com­po­nents for them. It has been es­ti­mated to be worth more than

£130 mil­lion and to em­ploy 7,000 peo­ple. Leg­is­la­tion on space flight, cur­rently go­ing through Par­lia­ment, could al­low ver­ti­cal launches of satel­lites from the UK for the first time. Other pro­pos­als for Scot­tish space flight cen­tres in­clude Suther­land, the Western Isles, Prest­wick and Machri­han­ish.

re­mote: The Shet­land is­land of Unst.

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